Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Love, Lies, and Bad Guys by Bill Blodgett

Love, Lies, and Bad Guys
by Bill Blodgett


GENRE:   Romantic Suspense



When US Marshal Jay Stonewalker sees a possible terrorist comment in a chatroom frequented by anti-government radicals suggesting a nuclear threat to New York City, specifically the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, he can’t get it out of his mind. Against his boss’s orders he heads off to NYC to investigate on his own time. While there he follows a suspicious character into a secluded recess of the New York Subway system and foils what he believes is the terrorist event.  In a shoot-out with his suspect he’s wounded and calls the NYC PD for backup.  When he sees NYPD Detective KC Daviau and other uniformed officers slipping into the darkness from the subway platform he’s relieved, but to his surprise, he’s met with resistance and disrespect by Detective Daviau. Against his objections, KC takes custody of the evidence and leaves the scene. When Jay asks an officer if she is always that way he’s told that, “Since her parents died, she’s been… let’s say… a little cold.”   When they are assigned to work the case together,  KC’s icy exterior soon begins to melt away as they begin to fall for each other, but KC has to hold back. She has a dark secret and knows he can’t ever know her truths because if he did he would hate her just as she hates herself for what she’s about to do.



 “I was surprised to see you had body art.”

“It isn’t body art. It is my belief. I guess that’s why I don’t show them.  It’s personal. They are of my Goddess, Mother Earth and the symbol of our tribe, the mighty eagle. The Mother Earth Tree Goddess demonstrates the circle of life. Where all things on land, air and water are connected. They are all one. If one element is removed, the tree will wither and die. We believe that it is the same for people. We must be as one or we will all eventually suffer. The Eagle is our symbol for bravery, something that is essential to take on such a derêp.” He saw her puzzled look and continued before she could speak. “Derêp is our word for job or chore. The Eagle is dedicated to protecting our tribe, which is a very difficult job. I use his image to remind myself each day that my task is difficult and not to falter.  If you were just another chick, maybe I’d say they were body art, but I want to share that part of me with you.”

“So…” she teased. “How many other chicks have admired your body art?”

He laughed lightly with maybe a hint of a gallows laugh, “Not as many as you might guess.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I still live in the community where I met and married my lovely wife, Janice. Actually, she lived around the corner from me and we both ignored each other until our teen years when the hormone thing kicked in and we suddenly realized that the cute little girl skipping rope and that goofy boy riding a bike had both grown up.
We are the proud parents of April and Lindsay; both of whom are now married. April married Darren and they have two beautiful boys, Brian and Owen. Lindsay married Tim and they have two beautiful children: Kailyn and Evan.
 I enjoy hiking, kayaking, camping with my family, golfing, making candles, and restoring my antique European sports car, a 1972 MGB.
They say to write from what you know, so I do. I write of love, life and relationships. In addition to the romantic plot we all expect from a Romance novel all of my books deal with a real-world issue as a sub-plot  that we all have had to deal in some manner in life, but not in a preachy way.  I find that including this sort of theme helps me identify with my characters on a personal level. My hope is that the reader will also feel that connection with my characters.
I have four other published novels. Dead Or A Lie and Saint’s Sword are vampire Romances. Unrequited is a contemporary novel with romantic elements and received 4 stars from Romantic Times Book Review magazine. The Last Prejudice is a family saga that deals with the issues a family must address when a family member comes out.
I have been a member of the RWA and the Central New York Romance Writers since 2004 and have held various posts in my local group. By day I am a construction inspector for an engineering company.
Please visit my website:   or email me at You can also find me on Facebook at @authorbillblodgett and Twitter @bill_blodgett
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Last Goodbye by Kay Lyons

Seaside Sisters Series, Book 1

Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Release Date: March 24, 2020

Publisher: Kindred Spirits Publishing



Widower Dominic Dunn isn’t sure what to think of his wife’s pre-planned trip for him a year after her death. It’s her effort to force him from his work desk to the coast and the peacefulness she’d found at the Carolina Cove Inn.

Innkeeper Ireland Cohen is a single mom with an impressionable son, and after the kid gets himself into trouble, Dominic offers to lend a hand. It’s the least he can do when Ireland was such a good friend to his wife after her diagnosis.

As the hot summer days at the beach turn into breezy evenings, Ireland and Dominic find their shared memories and friendship turning into more. They’re drawn to each other, fighting an attraction neither of them want because of their pasts.

He’s only visiting, and Ireland has a strict rule about dating tourists. But as his trip draws to a close, they both wonder—is this their last goodbye?

The Last Goodbye is the first book in a five book series set along North Carolina's beautiful Wilmington coast.

About the Author

Kay Lyons always wanted to be a writer, ever since the age of seven or eight when she copied the pictures out of a Charlie Brown book and rewrote the story because she didn’t like the plot. Through the years her stories have changed but one characteristic stayed true— they were all romances.

Published in 2005 with Harlequin Enterprises, Kay’s first release was a national bestseller. Kay has also been a HOLT Medallion, Book Buyers Best and RITA Award nominee. Kay's current Seaside Sisters Series is set in and around Wilmington, NC, and is available from Kindred Spirits Publishing.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Mistletoe & Cocoa Kisses by Stacy Eaton

Mistletoe & Cocoa Kisses 

Heart of the Family Series Book 1 

by Stacy Eaton 

Narrated by Lisa Beacom 

Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Robin Cove has had enough of her boss, is over her boyfriend, and makes a split-second decision to leave it all behind. Too bad she didn’t check the weather forecast before she left. Stranded on the side of the road when her old car breaks down, Robin fears her impulsive action will be the death of her as her body temperature steadily lowers to dangerous levels.

Matt Landry is slowly making his way home in the storm when he finds an unconscious woman on the side of the road and rushes her home to his father Chris to save her.

When Robin wakes up, she finds herself in the kind of home that she has always dreamed of having, except for the handsome man with the surly attitude. As much as Robin wants to stay, she knows she’ll never win him over and needs to find the right future for herself.

Will Robin’s future bring her back to Chris and his kids, or will Chris lose the chance to have the love of a woman who will never leave him and the family he has always wanted? 


Stacy Eaton is a USA Today Bestselling author and began her writing career in October of 2010. Stacy took an early retirement from law enforcement after over fifteen years of service in 2016, with her last three years in investigations and crime scene investigation to write full time.

Stacy resides in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, who works in law enforcement, and her teen daughter. She also has a son who is currently serving in the United States Navy, and two grandchildren. 

When Stacy is not writing, she enjoys photography and relaxing on the beach. 

My voice is my passion.

After earning a
Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts from the University of Nebraska,
I've worked as an actor on stage and on the radio over the last 20
years. During this time, I studied voice extensively, and I sing
jazz and other styles of music professionally. I am the
featured vocalist on the album “The Road” by the band Under the

To keep developing my
acting skills, I studied improv at The Second City, Annoyance
Comedy Sports Theaters among others. Most recently, I graduated from
the ACX Master Class for audiobook narrators and am now focused on
my work as a professional voice actor.
As an audiobook narrator,
I’ve recorded dozens  of books that are now available on Audible,
Amazon and iTunes. I discovered that narration provides the perfect
outlet for my unique skills and talents.

$20 Amazon 

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Struggle Bus by Josh Wood

Parenting, Christian, Non-Fiction

Publisher: Lucid Books


'The Struggle Bus: The Van. The Myth. The Legend.' is designed to take you, dear reader, on a ride with the Wood family in the van that became an Internet sensation.

This one-of-a-kind literary adventure you are about to embark on is about more than a viral van. It’s about managing the wonderful chaos of a family of 11. It’s about parenting. It’s about marriage. It’s about success. It’s about failure. It’s about faith. It’s about fun. It’s about a van becoming a metaphor for life as it is given a fun-filled beatdown for the ages. As you roll along with the Wood family, you just might feel driven to:

•  connect a little more with the God who made you.

•  give yourself a little more grace when you fail.

•  smile and laugh a little more—both at the Wood family’s expense and your own.

Hop in, buckle up, hold your nose, laugh, and join the Wood family to explore one of life’s fundamental truths: the struggle is real.

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Starting Out As A Writer – 5 Things You Should Know

1.       There will come a point when you want to light everything on fire.

But don’t. Writing is hard. Give yourself a little grace and realize that the best writers out there—all of them—hit a wall at some point. The best writers push through the walls of writer’s block, failure, and rejection. The key is to keep pushing forward. Famously, J.K. Rowling was rejected by all 12 major publishing houses. Jack Canfield was rejected 140 times before someone took a chance on Chicken Soup for the Soul (source: The Success Principles by Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer). So, when you hit a wall, don’t think, “BURN IT ALL DOWN!” Think, “Pushing through this is what success feels like.”

2.       Write every day.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Ignore the stupidity of the previous proverb for a second, (What kind of deranged lunatic eats an elephant?) and focus on the point. For years, Jerry Seinfeld committed to write 1 joke per day—not an entire routine…just one singular joke. That’s brilliant advice for any writer. There’s power in consistency. Commit to writing a little bit. Every day. Good day or bad. No matter what.

3.       Stories trump data, and storytelling trumps pretty much everything else.

Build your message around your stories rather than fitting a few stories into your message. When you find yourself struggling for words, take a break to brainstorm all the stories you want to tell. Write, rewrite, and craft those stories as best you can.

4.       Don’t neglect reading for the sake of writing. Reading is inspiration. It’s motivation.

Here are a few book recommendations:

Finish by Jon Acuff.

Platform by Michael Hyatt.

Talk like Ted by Carmine Gallo.

5.       Seek feedback, but follow four rules.

1.       Primarily, obtain feedback from individuals in your target audience. The feedback of a reader who is in your target audience will be more useful than the feedback of an excellent writer who is not.
2.       Only ask for feedback if you are willing to change based on said feedback. Otherwise, you’re not asking for feedback. You’re asking for a pat on the back. Those are nice, but ultimately not as useful as a kindly-worded slap in your literary face.
3.       Be specific. Don’t ask, “What are your thoughts?” Ask, “The goal of paragraph 4, chapter 2 is to make people laugh out loud. Does it make you laugh? Why or why not?” or “During this round of feedback, I’m not looking for grammatical issues. I’m looking for continuity of thought. Please tell me where, specifically, you had a hard time tracking with a story or chapter.”
4.       “Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.” – Neil Gaiman

Josh Wood is the author of Struggle Bus: The Van. The Myth. The Legend. as well as the viral Craigslist ad that spawned the book. He and his wife, Careese, are graduates of Texas A&M University (Gig 'em). Josh went on to obtain his MBA from Baylor University (Sic 'em). Follow Josh on Instagram @joshwoodtx, his blog, and Facebook.

Newly wedded Josh and Careese made a number of definitive statements regarding their future, including the following classics:
"We'll never move back to Amarillo."
"We'll have three or four kids. Those kids will never throw fits in Walmart."
"We'll never home school our children."

"Home churches are weird."

They live in Amarillo. They have nine kids. They home school. They are part of a home church. They've wiped numerous tears off the Walmart floor. Their hobbies include raising children and trying to avoid definitive statements about their future.

About the Author

Josh Wood is a native of Amarillo, Texas. He and his wife, Careese, are graduates of Texas A&M University (Gig ’em). Josh went on to obtain his MBA from Baylor University (Sic ’em). Newly wedded Josh and Careese made a number of definitive statements regarding their future, including the following classics: “We’ll never move back to Amarillo.” “We’ll have three or four kids. Those kids will never throw fits in Walmart.” “We’ll never home school our children.” “Home churches are weird.”

They live in Amarillo. They have nine kids. They home school. They are part of a home church. They’ve wiped numerous tears off the Walmart floor. Their hobbies include raising children and trying to avoid definitive statements about their future.

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